CantoMundo and Kundiman Scholarships

In order to foster inclusion and diversity within the arts, Miami Writers Institute has partnered with two ground-breaking organizations, CantoMundo and Kundiman, to provide fellowships for two emerging writers of color. Each scholarship is open to current and previous fellows from both organizations, and includes full tuition for the all-inclusive workshop of the recipient’s choice and a manuscript consultation with literary agent Jill Marr.

We are proud to present this year’s 2017 Miami Writers Institute scholarship recipients. Both recipients have chosen to study with featured poetry faculty Adrian Matejka.

supports the creation, circulation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry.  CantoMundo cultivates a community of Latina/o poets through an annual writing retreat, regional workshops, public readings, and the CantoMundo Poetry Prize, an annual book contest that publishes and promotes a poetry volume by a Latina/o writer.

Mario-Alejandro-Ariza2017 Miami Writers Institute CantoMundo Fellow:

Mario Alejandro Ariza is a Dominican immigrant. He is a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s Master in Fine Arts program, and holds a Master’s degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Columbia University.  His poetry can be found in places like The Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, and The Raleigh Review, and his journalism appears in The Atlantic and The Miami New Times. His current project focuses on sea level rise and Miami.


Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature, offering a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape.

Paul-Tran2017 Miami Writers Institute Kundiman Fellow:

Paul Tran is the Poet in Residence at Urban Word NYC and Poetry Editor at The Offing. Their work appears or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, and RHINO, which gave them an Editor’s Prize. Paul is the first Asian American to be the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion since 1993, placing Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Top 5 at the National Poetry Slam.


Thank you to everyone who applied, and congratulations to Mario and Paul!